Nike blends tech and footwear with the HyperAdapt self-tying shoes

Nike has come out with their self tying shoes the HyperAdapt. They might not be for every but they are real and flashy.

The project has been in the works for about a decade. The HyperAdapt will debut tomorrow. A blend of technology and footwear. If your the type you will enjoy a large blue battery light on the sole of the shoe including five tri-color LEDs on the rear. Each shoe also has a pair of small blue buttons that tighten and loosen the shoes.

The downside for many will be the heavy price at $720.

For now shoe lovers may be the only ones to buy these shoes, though like most technology products once it stays in the market, prices will drop and it may see a rise in consumers.

Amazon will now truck massive amounts of data to the cloud

Amazon has announced a new service to haul massive amounts of data called AWS Snowmobile. The company is storing hard drives full of data in  a 45-foot-long shipping container, which is transported to an Amazon data center to be transferred to Amazon’s cloud data storage services.

Amazon’s existing Snowball service allows secure 80TB storage. This new services allows the transportation of 100 petabytes (1 million gigabytes) of data. Snowmobile attaches directly to the data center, using network fiber to transfer data, which can transfer 1 terabyte of data per second.

While the data is shipped it is secured. All data is encrypted with AWS Key Management Service keys and Amazon offers dedicated security and a vehicle escort to protect the truck and the massive amounts of data. The containers have GPS tracking and video surveillance with cellular and satellite connectivity.

 

SpaceX requests permission to operate 4,425 satellite network to provide planet wide internet coverage

Elon Musk is planning to put more than 4,000 satellites into orbit to provide planet wide internet access of up to 1Gbps, using his space company SpaceX.

SpaceX, has requested permission from the US government to operative a network of 4,425 satellites to provide high speed internet. SpaceX filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday. The first launches will send 800 satellites blanketing the US, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. “The system is designed to provide a wide range of broadband and communications services for residential, commercial, institutional, government and professional users worldwide,” said SpaceX in the filing.

The satellites are about the size of a compact car and their orbit would range between 714 miles to 823 miles above the earth. The satellites are designed to last between five to seven years. It would take five years to launch all 4,425 satellites.

First proposed in 2015, Elon Musk said it would cost atleast $10bn. Google has already invested $1bn to the project.

OneWeb and Boeing are also developing a similar network, including Facebook’s Internet.org project that went up in flames during a SpaceX test launch.

 

Tesla has collected 1.3 billion miles of Autopilot data

Tesla Pilot has collected a whopping 1.3 billion miles of data that will be used to carefully enhance self driving vehicles. Currently Tesla announced Autopilot 2.0 and is making a transition into its third Tesla model that will come equipped for full autonomy.

Elon Musk disclosed that it has accumulated 780 million miles on hardware equipped cars and 100 million with Autopilot active back in May 2016.

Tesla’s Director of Autopilot Programs, Sterling Anderson, said that ““We first install (Autopilot) in a logging fashion across 70,000 vehicles. We watch over 10’s of millions of miles with the new (Autopilot) features not turned on. We only turn it on when we know it is empirically safer.”

There are more than 100,000 vehicles with Autopilot and hundreds of thousands more are being produced.

Other companies are also testing their own self driving systems such as Uber with Otto. It doesn’t seem too far fetched to say that self driving cars may become fully functioning in the next 5 years.

Facebook to fight fake news with AI

Facebook has been getting a lot of negative attention after it was found out that heavily published fake news articles and information could have led to misinformation about the presidential election.

Facebook in order to combat this are now relying on an AI or algorithmic machine learning to detect fake news and user reports. Facebook turned to AI in order to reduce human bias.

It has now been shown an unregulated news platforms can have negative consequences from the smallest to largest scales. Some are suggesting Facebooks misinformation may have led to Donald Trumps election as the 45th president of the United States of America. Zuckerberg, CEO, has addressed the issue in a statement saying “Of all the content on Facebook, more than 99 percent of what people see is authentic. Only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes. The hoaxes that do exist are not limited to on partisan view, or even to politics.”

Facebook has had problems in the past and decided to not censor news based on bias. Now, however, it must rethink strategies for an open news platform that is circulating misinformation. Depending on which direction Facebook goes it will have an effect on everyone.

Microsoft launches Teams Preview

Microsoft launches a video of Teams, their video conferencing and collaboration application, or as CEO Satya Nadella described it “a chat based workspace designed to facilitate real time collaboration while building up the institutional knowledge of a team.”

The application was designed to pull various tools together such as chat, a planner, meetings, and notes in order to create a single platform, or workspace. Chats are threaded to group conversations, Skype is integrated for voice and video calls, and the company has integrated Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

Microsoft has also included emojis, stickers, custom memes, and GIFs. The top dashboard can be used to switch between different apps such as notes or BI.

Microsoft also displayed the T-Bot, which is a centralized help system with crawling capabilities.

The application will launch on Windows phone but also on various platforms such as iOS and Android. Built in security offers data encryption and compliance standards.

Teams is available only as a preview right now and will be next year.

Google launches Tango augmented reality system

Google has officially launched its Tango smartphone augmented reality system, after more than two years of development.

Tango is only available on the Lenovo Phab2 Pro right now though it’s expected that Tango will be available on Android phone in the coming year.

Around 35 apps are launching with Tango. For gamers there are titles such as Crayola Color Blaster.

There are other apps such as iStaging that allows users to place furniture or objects in a space to see what it looks like before buying. Matterport’s scenes app allows users to capture spaces in 3D, which looks amazing.

Tango works next to Daydream, the company’s smartphone virtual reality platform. Hopefully one day both Tango and Daydream are connected offering much more to users.

Meet Teslas Powerwall 2.0

The Tesla Powerwall 2 is not just an updated home battery, its part of a new ecosystem by Tesla Energy.

Elon Musk introduced the Powerwall 2 after introducing Tesla’s new Solar Roof tiles. The Powerwall 2.0 has more than twice the energy storage capacity with 14 kWh capacity. Musk said the Powerwall 2 has enough power to charge lights, sockets, and a refrigerator for a 4 bedroom family home for an entire day.

The Powerwall 2.0 is similar to the previous version. It’s a large, rectangular, box thats usually depicted being mount in the garage, next to a Tesla Model S, and now Tesla Solar Roof tiles. The design is now flatter and more angular looking, but essentially the same.

The Powerwall 2.0 will be available for $5,500 per unit.

Teslas New Solar Roof Tiles

On October 28, Tesla unveiled its latest product, solar roof tiles. The tiles are actual functioning solar panels that are designed to look like roof tiles, with several different looks. This may be one of the biggest advantages when buying solar panels, the fact that they won’t change the way consumers homes look.

Elon Musk took the stage to show the houses and the technology at Hollywood. He started with climate change, keep in mind people were expecting solar panels not roof tiles, then dropped the bombshell “The interesting thing is that the houses you see around you are all solar houses,” Musk said. “Did you notice?” Not a lot of people noticed.

The tiles are very aesthetic and Tesla has generally been very high end when it comes to designing their products. The tiles are made of textured glass and allow light to pass through the tiles to a flat solar cell. They come in four different models: Textured Glass, Slate Glass, Tuscan Glass, and Smooth Glass.

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Currently the plan is to have Tesla provide the glass tiles and Panasonic to provide the solar cells. Tesla says the tempered glass is “tough as steel” and Musk says “It’s never going to wear out, it’s made of quartz. It has a quasi-infinite lifetime.”

The current versions of the tiles have a two percent efficiency loss from traditional solar panels, according to Elon Musk. The company is working with 3M to improve coatings to increase efficiency. Musk also went on to say that Tesla’s roofs cost less than traditional roofs. The tiles will essentially, in time, bring back money to owners, and with the new powerwall battery, homeowners can store energy for later use.

Tesla plans to start selling with one or two of the four tiles and installations should begin by summer of next year.